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McCain Campaign's Instant Response

By Michael D. Shear
Within seconds of Barack Obama's final word, Sen. John McCain's campaign issued a point-by-point rebuttal of Obama's historic acceptance speech.

"Tonight, Americans witnessed a misleading speech that was so fundamentally at odds with the meager record of Barack Obama," spokesman Tucker Bounds said. "When the temple comes down, the fireworks end, and the words are over, the facts remain: Senator Obama still has no record of bipartisanship, still opposes offshore drilling, still voted to raise taxes on those making just $42,000 per year, and still voted against funds for American troops in harm's way. The fact remains: Barack Obama is still not ready to be President."

The statement then offered what it said were seven misleading claims Obama made in the speech, with documentation they said supported their position.

By Web Politics Editor  |  August 28, 2008; 11:15 PM ET
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Get a grip - McCain had the Hillary voters WAY before today and the Palin pick.

Posted by: Chrys | August 29, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Look, lets face it, both parties are foul and old, they do not personify the American spirit; they only advance their own rhetoric and projects. When are all of the working class Americans, and that includes the rich that work as well for what they believe in, will wake up to the realization, that America is dominated by the Middle Clas, and, basically, thats who should control and operate the Government!!! The Majority. Both of these candidates STINK!!!!...They are better choices by along-shot. Good lord America, these candidates smell like DEAD FISH!! They have no life, nor do they believe in the American people. They believe only in their parties. Its time for an uproar, its time for real Americans to get involved in independent movements that will find real candidates to do the job of politician. Although I must say, Govenor Pilan is an excellent choice because she is a real middle class person; but we know McCaine did that as a tactic to win all the Hillary people on the fence. Anyway, there are more of us then there are of the same old FILTHY POLITICIANs that seem to have run the Government for years; and their cheats and smells like dead fish in Washington, time to REALLY CLEAN HOUSE!!!!!....we have to UNITE as a country and get rid of the OLD can be done with millions of VOTERS by taking over the local parties and forcing the old guard out...we can do it as a country...we really can....ed

Posted by: ed Pandolf | August 29, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Since Hussein Obama has not accomplished anything his basis for speaking is embellish that which he never did, it is called lying. His entire federal government experience has been to run for president. He has not done anything except lie through his teeth. He take credit for things that the feds did when he was not even a senator. He has mastered the art of lying even better than Bill Clinton.

Posted by: 7papa7 | August 29, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

need4trh, you think McCain misled us with the "Tiny" ad? That's fresh.

Is that sorta like when McCain said he has no problem with having troops in Iraq for 100 years --as long as they're NOT in harms way. Just like we have troops in Germany, Japan, and Korea for over 50 years now.

Then, you "honest" libs morphed that into: "McCain wants a 100-year war!"

That's cool how the media will clarify Obama's statements everytime. W.O.R.M. = What Obama REALLY Meant. But they're fine with letting you libs get away with the 100-year war thing.

Posted by: McCain-Palin '08 AND '12 | August 29, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

First everyone needs to understand that what these politicians say is not worth listening to. If their mouth is moving, it's very likely a lie. The only purpose of these people talking at all is to get you to give them power and money, and the ends justify the means.

Second, everyone needs to understand that when you disregard what they say and instead look at what they do, there is really very little difference between the parties. Don't be surprised, it's designed that way. Consider the following from a Georgetown University professor who spells out the way it is:

"The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to the doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can “throw the rascals out” at any election without leading to any profound or extreme shifts in policy. … Either party in office becomes in time corrupt, tired, unenterprising, and vigorless. Then it should be possible to replace it, every four years if necessary, by the other party, which will be none of these things but will still pursue, with new vigor, approximately the same basic policies.” (Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time)

Considering this kind of information, it would seem that a vote for either one of these gentlemen would be a wasted vote. Both of them will continue to grow the government, and both of them will continue to erode your liberties in the process. Anyone who is a freedom loving American had better wake up quickly - you don't have much time left.

Support these guys with your vote if you want to, but don't be complaining when the government that has been given the okay to give you everything you want suddenly takes from you everything you have.

Visit the Freedom Force International website to learn more about why Democrat and Republican parties are just different wings of the collectivist vulture that will eat our country alive.

Posted by: Stephen White | August 29, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I am my brother's keeper sayeth the Obamessiah, really? If that's how he takes care of his family, he sure as hell can stay away from mine. The man has given nothing to his brother living in a cardboard box and yet has given 10s of thousands of dollars to Rev "Goddamn Ameri KKK a" Wright.
Can somebody please explain to me when hospitals stopped allowing gays to visit their friends?
We need less abortions, Dr. "If it's not limp and moving, call it a child or whatever you want to call it." Obama must be #$%^ing joking right?
The dude has never even run a hot dog stand and he is going to be President?
Obama is a mistake waiting to happen. The man is a communist/ socialist. If you missed it in his speech last night, you are probably one too. The government this, the government that, fairness, we will pay for this and that, companies bad, people who make more money than you do, bad, America, bad, bad, bad, bad... Oh by the way, the world hates us.
Amazing what will pass for knowledge I just don't understand. Know I have something in common with Biden, I just plagiarized.

Posted by: rb | August 29, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Let me ask you this... without affiliation to any party:

Would you vote for a candidate that attended Ku Klux Klan rallies for the past 20 years?
(Obamam and Rev Wright... a disgusting man with nothing but hate in his heart)

Would you vote for a candidate that had close affliations (to the point of going into real estate deals) to someone who owned and operated ghettos/slum apartments?

(Resko and Obama have had a LONG relationship.. google it and become informed)

Would you vote for a candidate who called a well known and UNREPENTANT, that as recently as the 1990's BRAGGED about the terrorist acts they committed and said "we didnt do enough" (vs one that admits they were wrong when they were younger), terrorist friend with "good character" and was a business partner with him until recently?

(again google weather underground and time magazine, or Ayres and Time magazine and read the interview yourself where he says they should have bombed MORE places)

Then vote for Obama... he is your man.

Deny the facts all you want, you libs that are so desperate to get rid of anything even close to Bush. You are so filled with your OWN hatred that you are blind to the fact that Obama is a Racsist, lying, dispicable person with NO experience, full of platatudes and false promises.

"Judge not a man by the color of his skin, but by the CONENT of thier character"

Great words by a great man...too bad Obama fails this test. And if you dont know this quote I suggest you google it may be surprised.

Posted by: faamecanic | August 29, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

C'mon, admit it, you know it's funny that they tried to rebuild the back of the white house in a football stadium.

And yes, the speech was very phony. I think it would have shown more sincerity if he would have simply held the paper he was reading from in his hands as a read from it, as opposed to nearly throwing his neck out by snapping from teleprompter left to teleprompter right.

Posted by: Uncle | August 29, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

"A phony in front of a facade."

A rascist hiding behind a white sheet ?

Posted by: MA | August 29, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

I have said it before and I will say it again. America is screwed. Our choice is between a democrat and democrat.

Our politicians are lying, cheating thiefs.

We refuse to put forth anyone who has integrity, honesty and keeps an oath of office or a marriage vow.

We fell into the "what a politician does in his/her personal life does not matter" trap. Now we are reaping what we have sown.

Posted by: RonB | August 29, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

As a brit, watching and reading all this from the other side of the pond I have to say its quite taken my interest. Not only for the worlds sake, but it's actually quite an interesting subject matter.

I hope for the worlds sake that nothing seriously dodgy happens and suddenly everyone ever that has even considered voting Democratic suddenly forgets to vote or the results get washed away at sea, because the ballet box people wanted to take a nice cruise returning the votes.

As it appears that now most of the USA wants someone new and fresh, and thank god, because I cannot imagine the kind of uproar that would happen if another Bush-a-like got put in charge.

So good luck to you guys, I'd like to hope for a fair fight, but its politics and no politician is the angel, but some can at least pass as an individual of sorts.

Obama to win.

Posted by: Luke Michael Copsey | August 29, 2008 8:21 AM | Report abuse

I expected the campaign to come out with some negative response, but part of me hoped that they would just let it go for a night. Admit that the speech was good and then get to work on respectfully opposing it. McCain will look even older and angrier after last night - if that's possible.

Posted by: matt | August 29, 2008 7:49 AM | Report abuse


"I don't think the government is going pay ME with subsidies to continue."

Ahhh, but apparently they did subsidize you by not having to pay taxes...which allowed your small business to grow.

If you are truly about fairness you should pay taxes anyway on that 300k...but apparently you are like most people and want to keep what you earn.

Obama is using the tried and true method of communist dictators...pitting the classes against one another. Promising to give away all the money the big bad rich people and companies make and give it to the little guy. That is how they allllll gain power.

Makes you wonder what other communist characteristics he will adopt in the future.

Posted by: baileyntx | August 29, 2008 7:31 AM | Report abuse

You are indeed fortunate. If you feel that guilty about not paying taxes, why don't you send Uncle Sam your fair share voluntarily? The majority of us are compelled to at the point of a gun.. Cheers

Posted by: mikem | August 29, 2008 7:25 AM | Report abuse

Obama hit the ball out the park. Morning Joe and company including Grandpa Pat said it was the best acceptance speech ever given. That is really saying something. John McCain and the Republicans are stunned.

Posted by: carrie from georgia | August 29, 2008 7:17 AM | Report abuse

T all the people who seem to want to pay more taxes, and I sure would like to know who the accountant is for the person making 300,000 and paying zero taxes sounds like evasion to me, the IRS has a form you can fill out that allows you to do just that.

Great Speech Obama!

Happy Birthday John McCain!

Posted by: acarponzo | August 29, 2008 7:11 AM | Report abuse

I am a small business owner and was lucky enough last year to make over $300K. Do you know how much I paid in taxes?
$00.00. That's a 0% effective tax rate.

How is that fair??

After all, I drive on the same roads and over the same bridges that you do, I am protected by the same military as you are. My heart also bleeds for those in need and celebrates when our government is able to offer a ladder for them to climb back up.

And being pragmatic, just how is my business going to continue to grow if my customers don't have any money to buy my products? (unlike oil company, I don't think the government is going pay ME with subsidies to continue)

We MUST restore fairness to our tax system. We must elect Barack Obama as our next President.

Posted by: elle | August 29, 2008 6:53 AM | Report abuse

Mike Jefferson, Right on Bra!

Posted by: delicious | August 29, 2008 6:41 AM | Report abuse

A phony in front of a facade.

Posted by: Mike Jefferson | August 29, 2008 6:32 AM | Report abuse

Chrys and Need4trh.... What tools you two are. Obama would be nothing without his teleprompter. Drill here, drill now, drill often. The Leftist Liberal democratic baby killing pro-homosexual anti marriage, for the non working man entitlement program congressional approval rating "9" war machine is at it again. When will you nut jobs learn that you are whoring after the idols of other nations. if you want to live like europe, move to europe. Quit selling out our country. Alan Keyes 2008!

Posted by: delicious | August 29, 2008 6:15 AM | Report abuse

Computer hiccup - sorry for the double-post - and it was not Loyal Patriot to whom I meant to direct my comment about name-calling.

It was meant for NEED4TRUTH, who is in desperate need for that which he/she seeks.

Loyal Patriot, on the other hand, has a completely grounded grasp upon the scope of the political landscape upon which we all live. Perhaps more cynical than mine, but coming from where it should, within.

ALL OF YOU should question the motives of your polititians! Most especially the ones you support because after the vote is cast and they are in office THEY SPEAK FOR YOU! As much as you'd like to THINK this is a democratic nation, it is a republic. PLEASE look that up and start voting and acting more responsibly! It amazes me that we drink and drive more responsibly than we vote.

Will ALL LOYAL PATRIOTS PLEASE come to the aid of your country and stop YELLING and start LISTENING to what is being said. Stop drinking the Kool-aide of EITHER side and please listen to what the candidates say about the W's that you learned about in grade-school?

WHAT - is the problem and WHAT will I do about it?
WHO - will pay for it and how? (hint - government = YOU)
WHERE - are we in danger HERE or somewhere off-shore?
WHEN - can we do this while I'm alive?
HOW? - Also considered a "W" in journalism - is EITHER CANDIDATE articulating HOW they will do ANY of this?

Again - no endorsement being made here by me for a candidate! I trust if you honestly answer these questions without becoming hostile - you can vote responsibly - just THINK BEFORE YOU VOTE!

Posted by: Chrys | August 29, 2008 3:18 AM | Report abuse

All I saw tonight was a great speaker talking about the same old democrat " I will do..... They've held the House and Senate for the last two year and have a rate of "9" because they do nothing and will not cross party lines. There's no change. You're being fooled again. Get the star dust out of your eyes and think for yourselves.

Posted by: Truth shall set you free | August 29, 2008 3:03 AM | Report abuse


If you honestly believe the "business at hand" is screaming and name calling - then we all are in serious trouble. I'm trying to have some civil dialogue here, and I would like to only engage those of you of like mind (even if not of like politics - because I believe we are like in love for country). Or, am I wrong in that belief?

Posted by: Chrys | August 29, 2008 3:03 AM | Report abuse


If you honestly believe the "business at hand" is screaming and name calling - then we all are in serious trouble. I'm trying to have some civil dialogue here, and I would like to only engage those of you of like mind (even if not of like politics - because I believe we are like in love for country). Or, am I wrong in that belief?

Posted by: Chrys | August 29, 2008 3:03 AM | Report abuse

My Bad - You're right!

I am sorry about that - not Biden on the Cell Phone stuff, but it was Warren (or something) who spoke before Hillary did on Tuesday night - I can admit a mistake (can you?)

Point is - and every bit as valid - it was the real situation of a real person who spoke at this convention. Would you disadvantage him because of that?

This county is founded upon the entrepenurral spirit that says if you work hard enough, and try again if you fail the first time, you can make something of yourself.

You are right, that wasn't Biden - but the point is valid. So try again in a more grounded, and a bit less insane manner that says absolutely nothing, please. I'm not screaming at you or calling your party names, so if you dare, please try to have discourse without doing that with us. Or should I say, if you CAN?

Posted by: Chrys | August 29, 2008 2:57 AM | Report abuse

Why is it that the only thing Obama supporters seem capable of doing is name calling? I think that in and of itself is the scariest part of this election. Obama's supporters are ignorant, angry and immature. Thus far, when asked "why do you support Senator Obama?" The typical response usually relates to Mr. Obama's personality. In that case, why don't we simply write in Jay Leno on the ballot. Certainly his personality beats all candidates. Are Democrats capable of making a lucid and thoughtful decision based upon facts? Or is the superficiality of the candidate all that matters? It's really quite pathetic. The reality is that McCain and Obama are so very similar that it's very difficult to discern a difference between the two. Same BS, just a diffrent year. Welcome to America.

Posted by: LoyalPatriot | August 29, 2008 2:57 AM | Report abuse

chrys...That wasn't Joe Biden that got in on the Cell phone thing that was someone else...UH SORRY....

Back to the business at hand. THE RNC AND THE PUPPPETED MOUTHPIECE John Sydney McSame McBush 3rd term, have insulted our AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE.. Their only weapon ROVIAN POLITICS....The POLITICS OF FEAR AND LIES...Do we as a MORE PERFECT OR PERFECTING UNION really need MORE OF THE SAME?


Posted by: NEED4TRTH | August 29, 2008 2:19 AM | Report abuse

I love where you're going and I agree, GET REAL, but to live up to your name, let's try meeting in the middle.

Elections should be SO much more basic than we make them when we murk it all up with the things that get us all crazy, like abortion, right-to-life, gay marriage, etc - we ALL should have STRONG beliefs on those things, but in reality, they do NOT define the role of Commander in Chief - not even close.

Yeah, what a potential US Supreme Court Justice may lean sure, but if you thought the Beijing ceremonies were something we'll only see in our life time - and I agree - I would venture to say we're more likely to see that topped in our lifetime than we are to see Row v Wade toppled in our lifetime. And I didn't agree with it at the time - but it is here, and it's NOT going away!

Are you using this as a sounding board, or are you using this to gain and share knowledge, experience, and passion in the "American Dream?" That said, I'm not sure WHAT the American "Promise" is, I was never promised anything except by God. America provides us the dream, the hope, that if we work hard and try our best, we can achieve anything we hope for. It doesn't PROMISE that will happen on the first, second, or even third try - Just listen to Joe Biden - two failed businesses before he got in on a good tip to get in on the ground floor of the cell phone industry.

Hey, there's a concept - INDUSTRY? Would you all put a young Joe Biden out of business by taxing him to death as he is starting out?

Remember that while most of us are workers, even more of us work for corporations AND small businesses - what is fatal to them, is fatal to us all.

Posted by: Chrys | August 29, 2008 2:12 AM | Report abuse

HUUUUUUUUUGE win for Barack Obama tonight. McCain's response was lame and weak. Tonight, Obama roared the thunderous roar of a lion, echoing over vast plains. McCain yipped back; a mere, whiny chihuahua who thought its barks to be as intimidating as a Doberman.

The Democratic convention had great speeches every night. Michelle Obama; Hillary Clinton; Bill Clinton and Joe Biden; and best of all, Barack Obama.

Next week, the Republicans will have George Dumbya Bush, Dick Cheney, Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, and John McCain.

Is the GOP's strategy to put America to sleep, in hopes that they won't wake up before November?

Posted by: Steve Charb | August 29, 2008 2:09 AM | Report abuse

please all you rich people send all your money to the gov. as I have better uses for what they all ready do not keep

Posted by: rich2 | August 29, 2008 2:05 AM | Report abuse

WHILE OBAMA HONORED KING AND PRESENTED TO THE WORLD MARTIN LUTHER KINGS DREAM SPEECH COMING TO FRUITION the RNC and the PUPPETED MOUTHPIECE John Sydney McSame McShame McBush the 3rd...Were in the darkness Sowing the SEEDS of THE POLITICS OF LIES FEARS AND SMEARS. The RNC and fellow RNC cronie 'THE PUPPETED MOUTHPIECE' John McShame released this Ad on the 3rd day of the Convention "TINY'

Tiny is a for the lack of a better phrase, 'A continuance of the CONVERSATION THE RNC has engaged our AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE WITH. The conversation is AN INSULT to all that EMBODIES INTEGRITY, CHARACTER, HONOR AND RESPECT...It is INSULTING US with the POLITICS OF FEARMONGERING.....


Context Included: Obama on Iran
August 27, 2008
McCain ad cherry-picks Obama remarks on Iran, twisting his meaning.
McCain's new ad, released on Day 3 of the Democratic National Convention, quotes Obama saying that Iran is a "tiny" country that "doesn't pose a serious threat." It implies that he fails to see Iran's threat to Israel.

The picture changes dramatically when Obama's full quotes are considered:

Obama actually said of Iran, Cuba and Venezuela: "These countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union" (emphasis ours).

Likewise, he said those countries don't pose a serious threat to the United States "the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us."

Obama has also said in speeches that Iran is Israel's greatest threat, and a serious threat to the region, and he has discussed its sponsorship of terrorism.
John McCain's ad, "Tiny," was sent to reporters on the third day of the Democratic convention. The McCain campaign describes it as a "television ad" that "will air in key states." We'll add this caveat: Some recent ads – at least one from each campaign – have received far more play on YouTube and television news shows than they have as paid advertisements. That's a strategy that can save the campaigns boatloads of cash.

Missing Words

John McCain 2008 TV Ad: "Tiny"

Announcer: Iran. Radical Islamic government. Known sponsors of terrorism.

Developing nuclear capabilities to "generate power" but threatening to eliminate Israel.

Obama says Iran is a "tiny" country, "doesn't pose a serious threat".

Terrorism, destroying Israel, those aren't "serious threats"?

Obama – dangerously unprepared to be president.

McCain: I'm John McCain and I approved this message.
The ad paints a dark picture of Iran as a sponsor of terrorism that is developing nuclear capabilities and wants to eliminate Israel. That's all fair enough, factually speaking.

Where it goes way out of bounds is in quoting Obama:

McCain ad: Obama says Iran is a "tiny" country, "doesn't pose a serious threat." Terrorism, destroying Israel, those aren't "serious threats"?

Here's what Obama actually said, in a speech in Oregon in May:

Obama, May 18: Strong countries and strong presidents talk to their adversaries. That's what Kennedy did with Khrushchev. That's what Reagan did with Gorbachev. That's what Nixon did with Mao. I mean think about it. Iran, Cuba, Venezuela – these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union. They don't pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us. And yet we were willing to talk to the Soviet Union at the time when they were saying we're going to wipe you off the planet.

Obama didn't say Iran is tiny – except in comparison to the once-huge Soviet Union. Iran's population is estimated to be about 72.2 million by the Population Reference Bureau. Iran's own statistics put it at 70,495,782 in 2006-2007. Either way, that's about one-fourth of the 270 million people estimated to be living in the U.S.S.R. in 1982, according to various sources.

Nor did he say Iran doesn't pose a serious threat, except in comparison to the former Soviet Union. And that's a fact. At the time the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, the Soviet Union had 12,117 strategic nuclear warheads, including 7,382 atop intercontinental ballistic missiles, according to a tally published by the Natural Resources Defense Council. Iran has zero nuclear warheads, and a National Intelligence Estimate completed last year concluded that Iran had stopped work in 2003 on a program to develop such weapons. Iran does continue to enrich uranium into material that might one day be made into a weapon, according to an International Atomic Energy Agency report issued last spring. And the NIE said Iran probably "at a minimum is keeping open the option to develop nuclear weapons." But that's a far cry from having thousands of nuclear weapons that could reach the United States in minutes.

The Israel Factor

The ad says Iran is "threatening to eliminate Israel" and implies that Obama fails to acknowledge the threat:

McCain ad: Terrorism, destroying Israel, those aren't "serious threats"? Obama – dangerously unprepared to be president.

But on the contrary, when Obama spoke to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in June, he told that pro-Israel audience that "there is no greater threat to Israel – or to the peace and stability of the region – than Iran." He also said this:

Obama, June 4: The Iranian regime supports violent extremists and challenges us across the region. It pursues a nuclear capability that could spark a dangerous arms race and raise the prospect of a transfer of nuclear know-how to terrorists. Its president denies the Holocaust and threatens to wipe Israel off the map. The danger from Iran is grave, it is real, and my goal will be to eliminate this threat.

We call a foul ball on this one. By separating Obama's words from their context, and from his other comments on the subject, McCain's ad distorts Obama's stated views on Iran.

– by Viveca Novak

Rutkoff, Aaron. "McCain’s Hillary-Themed Ads Are Barely Broadcast." The Wall Street Journal online, 26 Aug. 2008.

Table of USSR/Russian Nuclear Warheads. Archive of Nuclear Data, Natural Resources Defense Council, Web site accessed 27 Aug. 2008.

National Intelligence Council, National Intelligence Estimate. "Iran: Nuclear Intentions and Capabilities," Nov. 2007.

Obama, Barack. Speech before American Israel Public Affairs Committee, 4 June 2008.

2007 World Population Data Sheet. Population Reference Bureau, Web site accessed 27 Aug. 2008.

Population and Manpower, A Glance at Iran, Statistical Centre of Iran. Web site accessed 27 Aug. 2008.

Factcheck has called this ad 'DISTROTION'...It's nothing more than insulting to our AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE


Posted by: need4trh | August 29, 2008 2:02 AM | Report abuse

Democrats no war yes to global genocide. 50 million American abortions strengthens the culture of death. Elitists (such as Gore & drill your brains Pelosi) theory of Global WARming deems most humans as useless eaters.

How can Obama be elected commander/chief over the most powerful nation in the world when he can not figure out when life begins? Quoting Peggy Noonan --- Everyone who ever bought a pack of condoms knows when life begins.

Posted by: GetReal | August 29, 2008 1:59 AM | Report abuse


What in the world is stopping you from donating the extra money you don't need to worthy causes that YOU believe in to give back to the American people?

If you worked so hard, and so successfully, to build your own business, why would you give the surplus of that to the government to decide where best to spend it?

Sounds like you've made sound decisions in your life. You may even have a business big enough to be able to provide health care to your employees. But our government isn't a business, and very sadly, it doesn't quite know how to provide health care adequately to our own military veterans. Would you hire the US government to supply your own employees with healthcare>

I hear what you're saying, you've been successful, you want to give back - then please do! But use your own judgement on where to give it. Nothing is stopping you from donating your surplus to the American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, or whatever cause you desire.

Please don't tell me you are capable of building and sustaining your company, but want to tell someone else (politicians) to take your excess and do with it what they will? Reinvest in America on your own - YOU CAN DO IT!

Posted by: Chrys | August 29, 2008 1:54 AM | Report abuse

As a Brit, I'm loath to offer an opinion (not least because many of you might then vote the other way just to stick it to George III). May I just say that if the coming election goes a certain (unspecified) way, the rest of the World ('free' or otherwise) is going to be stocking baked beans in the cellar and trying to find those old 'Nuke-O-Matic' family shelters on E-Bay

Posted by: Jim McDermott | August 29, 2008 1:43 AM | Report abuse

Apparently, Obama has Bin Laden's address? Why hasn't he said or done something as of yet? PLEASE!

Enjoy your 8 point boost (that took you 2 out of the hole in your own convention). Buckle your seatbelts and just LISTEN to what comes next.

I actually believe that most liberals (especially those here because you are involved in the process and engaged) absolutely LOVE this country, and we are friends on all levels. I know that MOST if not all of you know that conservatives are not mean-spirited, nor want corporations to destroy the planet - I know you all know that we ALL HAVE KIDS and want to secure our futures!

PLEASE listen to both conventions! I want to believe that something magical can fix it all - but let's get this - only we, ourselves, have ANY real power over our future. AND only we, ourselves, have ANY real power to help those less fortunate than ourselves.

Bipartisinship begins with understanding that we all really want the same thing. Stop - for just ONE minute, thinking the other side wants the opposite of what you want, and listen to their "weird, odd sounding idea" of how to get to the same place that you want to go.

Posted by: Chrys | August 29, 2008 1:37 AM | Report abuse

Here is a comment for MILITARY WIFE, even McCain may not be charismatic as OBAMA at SPEAKING,least he going to a better job than a punk ass,no experience,do what it takes to get elected politician. And bod way I am independent. So CAN SOME DEMOCRAT TELL ME WHAT IS OBAMA GOING TO DO, THAT I WOULD VOTE FOR HIM OTHER THAT, HE GOING TO CHANGE? (WHAT). WHAT'S LEFT OF MY MONEY IN MY POCKET.

Posted by: csmith | August 29, 2008 1:29 AM | Report abuse

Great speech by Obama! It hit all the right cylinders!

He defined himself and his history. He elaborated on the major issues important to Americans, the economy, national security, healthcare and jobs. He took McCain to task and linked the failed Republican policies of Bush and Cheney directed to McCain. And he left the stage on a high note with soaring rhetoric of inspiration, hope, and change.

Two of the memorable moments of his speech is when Obama said the following about McCain:

"John McCain has voted with George Bush 90 percent of the time. Sen. McCain likes to talk about judgment, but really, what does it say about your judgment when you think George Bush has been right more than 90 percent of the time? I don't know about you, but I'm not ready to take a 10 percent chance on change."

And when Obama said this about McCain (which will surely make it to political media headlines):

"John McCain likes to say that he'll follow bin Laden to the gates of hell — but he won't even go to the cave where he lives."

Ahhhh...sweet response. Now America will see Obama go all out on McCain!

Posted by: Obama-Junkie | August 29, 2008 1:26 AM | Report abuse

I challenge all of you to do as you say you will. Listen to what is said next - try (very hard as it might be) - clear your mind. I want "change" just as much as everyone. I want the world to be better, stronger, and for each individual to be able to fulfill a dream. NEITHER party opposes that notion, and if you think the other does, do us ALL a favor and stay home. The fundemental difference lies in who YOU think is best equipped to return that ability to all Americans. Is it your taxes in the hands of politicians charged with distributing it (wake up, it doesn't matter if a "D" or an "R" is in office) OR if you think we -yes YOU AND ME - an our oun "American Spirit", which believes in and reinvests in our own economy, can WE do it without legislation? If you say the former, the go ahead, waste our time and your vote. Otherwise, take our country BACK as it was FOUGHT for, and keep working hard and earning it WITHOUT a hand out. If you can't figure out how I'm voiting based on my opinion on who is best fit to lead this country (that is - US) then please stay home in November. Don't be drawn in by "words, just speaches" and rely on yourselves. Together America is - and will forever remain, the greatest country on the planet.

Posted by: chrys | August 29, 2008 1:26 AM | Report abuse

Im a wealthy American too, self made in fact by the sweat off my brow.And ill tell you right now, it should be a crime that im Not paying more taxes, and someone with a simple income gets taxed at 2 to 3 times the amount i do.
I can afford a 32% tax, on my income, and also higher taxes on other profitable venues i have at my disposal.
Thats the one flaw with the American dream.Its supposed to be for all, every American, but so often we hear the FEW who have obtained it get incestuously greedy, to the point of waqnting to build a Separate America, for themselves.
Some of those crazy movies you've seen, where the rich "controlling " few peddle the underclass around like slaves to their cause, Thats what the Republican frontier looks like my friends.So if you want to pin " Elite" on Obama for his principal of equality, go for it.But Youll have to track John and Cindy down at one of their houses, or shopping malls to get their exact definition on "Elite"

Posted by: Yeah, sure | August 29, 2008 1:20 AM | Report abuse

I thought it was a great speech and Obama will get my vote. I just wish the election was next week so this would all be over - win or lose. I'm already exhausted by all of the low blows and swiftboating from the right and we still have two months to go.

Posted by: dicko | August 29, 2008 1:16 AM | Report abuse

John McCain has been riding the coattails of being a POW forever. Enough already. Being a POW does not make you Presidential timber.

He cheats on his first wife;
He marries a rich bimbo for his second wife;
He is involved with the huge banking scandal of 1980's (the Keating 5 scandal);
He (by his own admission) doesn't know anything about the economy;
He has been in Washington for 26 years and really only has 1 or 2 legislation items for which he is know...and one he now disavows;
He is as shallow intellectually as Bush...and look where that got us;
He lives in the past - he is old and obsolete;
He was an early leader in the worst decision this country has made in the last 20 years - the invasion of Iraq. Talk about poor judgment.

Let's not confuse experience with judgment. You can have tons of experience and still be a fool.

Posted by: Brad | August 29, 2008 1:09 AM | Report abuse

I understand all you Democratics strong convictions for Obama/Biden although once
Mitt Romney is announced tommorow as speculated, he would be a great asset as a man in power especially financially. Mr. Biden ok'd the sale of one of the only American owned steel plants in Delaware to the Russians which have cared less about the polution in the town of Claymont. Along with the loss of endless jobs..... He can't assist in the progress of one of the smallest, THE FIRST STATE, aka his home state of Delaware. Looks like trouble

Posted by: Richard | August 29, 2008 1:05 AM | Report abuse

Lame response, Mad Mac. There is two plus months left and lame will not do it. You need energy to make this a fight but you might not have it in you. Even if you did, Pat Buchanan is on MSNBC quoting Obama and smiling about it! Yes, THAT Pat Buchanan. Ben Stein is on Larry King positively squealing with distress, Dean Cain, the b-list actor, is hyperventilating. It's panic time and there's two months left. You should not have let Junior steal it from you in '04, because now you have to wear that big, fat, albatross they call the "decider" around your neck, drowning you in shame. Concede, save your wife some money.

Posted by: PreAmeriKKKan | August 29, 2008 1:03 AM | Report abuse

This article was vastly uninformative, and should have been held for ten minutes so the writer could have given us a summary of the Republicans' claims. :(

Posted by: Ankhorite | August 29, 2008 1:02 AM | Report abuse

It's all about "FAMILY VALUES" Ladies and Gentlemen, and I surely can't fathom any God-fearing respectable Republican voting for a despicable, heartless scumbag, like John McCain, when he had the audacity to cheat on his ailing wife, while she recuperated from an automobile accident.

Posted by: Arizona Ray | August 29, 2008 1:00 AM | Report abuse

... Tah Tah Karl Rove, BUSH/CHENEY, Grumpie Grampie McSAME, Condi, GOP, etc. You're ALL so "YESTERDAY'S NEWS!?!"

Posted by: hanfrina | August 29, 2008 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Hello to GetReal. I am not trying to disrespect you. Please, allow me to tell you something. The Clinton administration did not end in a recession. It ended in the biggest surplus this Country has ever seen! That is a fact. Of course It was terrible that he cheated on his wife. Yes next to the War Crimes and endless dead because of Bush, that pales in comparison. If you do not agree, then clearly you enjoy passing judgement on Clinton, more than are able to accept the fact that endless are dead due to the Bush's pre-emptive war. It is a complete fact. McCain is willing to carry out this war for as long as possible, 100 years in fact. It is a fact that Al- Queda is so active in Afghanistan, but not Iraq! John McCain is willing to carry on giving every American's taxes to continue killing in Iraq, which is not the real danger Zone. And diplomacy with Iran? Infinitely neccesary! McCain is infinitely willing to attack them, and his diplomacy is weak. I am not a smooth talker becuase I have so many grammatical errors. I just speak the truth to you!

Posted by: Trevyn Pendragon | August 29, 2008 12:53 AM | Report abuse

Well for 4 days we have watched the Warm-ups. Now starting Monday, the real show now finally begins!!!

Posted by: DP | August 29, 2008 12:51 AM | Report abuse

I think Obama's speech proves what many of us have believed all along: As a politician, Obama is disciplined and patient, with an impeccable sense of timing and the ability to build a dramatic arc that will end with victory on November 4. What will the Republicans do? They'll continue with the same sniping, character attacks, 40-year-old POW stories, and tired talking points that we've been listening to all summer--even as Obama's campaign continues to build strength between now and Election Day.

Posted by: Durant_Imboden | August 29, 2008 12:48 AM | Report abuse

McCain looks ugly

Posted by: Me | August 29, 2008 12:47 AM | Report abuse

So - the republicans "issued a point by point rebuttal: but, while the Post gives a verbatim reprint of the bamaman's speech it doesn't print a word of the republican response. Thanks for letting me make my own conclusions!

"The statement then offered what it said were seven misleading claims Obama made in the speech, with documentation they said supported their position." But the article doesn't let us know what these statements are or what the response was. Why not? Is the author afraid of the truth? Are we too stupid to be trusted with sorting it out ourselves? Are the bama man and the media our holy saviours?

Posted by: deahntay mtumba | August 29, 2008 12:42 AM | Report abuse

All of you cut-and-pasters make me laugh. Do you really think you're changing minds in here? Don't you know that you are just spouting off to other extremists in these comment spaces? Can't you figure it out that your adversaries are not going to budge from their positions? And yet you go on. Now I know there are 527's using the comment strings as a cheap way to get their message out and I love the Republicans posing as distraught HRC supporters, urging Dems to vote for McCain, but unfortunately for the average unemployed semi-literate poster that loiters here, you will never reach the dumb masses who have yet to tune in to the election - those who can still be swayed by your silly arguments. They aren't the kinda folks who tap into blogs or even read in general to get their information. You can't reach them. You have to pray that Bill O'Reilly will.

Posted by: Snore | August 29, 2008 12:42 AM | Report abuse

am a wealthy american that is self made. I came from the streets of New York to become one of the most sought after consultants in my industry, Mr. Obama has no idea on how to run this country, or have the connections(political or otherwise)

Pray for this country!

Posted by: Richard

And I forgot to add that I am a pretentious a$$hat who could not be less concerned about the middle-class. I also wear a cravat.

Posted by: Richard Howell the 3rd: Lovey, did one of the servants take my brain stem again? | August 29, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Tonight we heard the beginning of the end for old man McCain and the George W. Bush restoration. It's over old fool. Pack it in and take Cindy with you. A couple of years in a POW camp 40 years ago has not earned old man McCain the White House.

Posted by: It's Over | August 29, 2008 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Lyndon LaRouche says McCain will pick billionaire NYC Mayor Bloomberg for his VP as per the Anglo Dutch oligarghy. Bloomberg will fulfill the agenda of privatizing US government's programs, infrastructure and jobs for big profit$$$ as their wealth is threatened in current depressed economy.

The solution is bringing back FDR's economic Bretton Woods policies that caters to 80% of the forgotten people....

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

McCain, your a$$ gets read on T.V. and that stupid reponse is it? Where's the POW reference?

Posted by: McCain Rommney '08:between us, we got a lot of hair | August 29, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

YAWN...haven't they used this response before, sounds like they're at a loss for words.

The overt jealously from the McCain camp says it all.

Posted by: Julianne | August 29, 2008 12:35 AM | Report abuse

mike said:
Not "I disagree with him on taxes or health care" but "you're not ready to lead this country."


So, Obama needs to commit some serious crimes to be ready? Gee...maybe he should change his party affiliation to Republican; that would be criminal enough by anyones standards.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:35 AM | Report abuse

* McCain was for the embargo against Cuba, then later supported lifting it; recently it was discovered that Cindy McCain has been doing business with Cuba via Canada for the past several years. Isn't doing business with Cuba, directly or indirectly, a federal crime?

* McCain blasted Bush in 2000 for his smear campaign, now he's hired Steve Schmidt, former Rove employee who headed up Bush's campaign and he's trying to smear Obama.

Then there's my favorite article of late.

McCain Campaign Controversy
It's been three months since the McCain campaign imposed its no-lobbyist policy, but the candidate's lobbying ties continue to raise questions.

The Post's Matthew Mosk and Jeffrey H. Birnbaum reported today on Sen. John McCain's April phone call to the president of Georgia. McCain was prepped for the call by his top foreign policy adviser, Randy Scheunemann, whose lobbying firm signed a $200,000 contract with the Georgian government the day of the call.

James Thurber, a lobbying expert at American University, pointed to the potential conflicts: "The question is, who is the client? Is the adviser loyal to income from a foreign client, or to the candidate he is working for now?"

Scheunemann has since separated himself from the company, Orion Strategies.

The story, which has drawn a strong reaction from some readers and bloggers, comes just as the Russia-Georgia conflict becomes a point of debate in the McCain-Obama race.

Meanwhile, a new controversy has come up over whether McCain should back out of a fundraiser scheduled next week in Atlanta with Ralph Reed, whose name surfaced in the investigation of Jack Abramoff. The Reed-Abramoff connection was raised in a 2005 Post story that reported how Abramoff had quietly arranged for a client to pay Reed and other conservative, anti-gambling activists to help in the client's pro-gambling campaign.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:32 AM | Report abuse

Weak...but that is what Chimpy, Darth and McSame do best....hide their heads in the sand and call their bankers the next morning.

Time for them to go away - permanently...

Posted by: RB-Chicago | August 29, 2008 12:30 AM | Report abuse

Dem's have pinned all their hopes on the same thing over and over again: a nice speech. Convincing Americans to vote for a President takes more than the candidate rehearsing lines and reading from a teleprompter. It's the town hall debates that swing most of the undecided, and poor Sen. Obama is very weak on that front. Just like his meager record.

Biden was a good pick, and a bad pick at the same time. I think most people like Biden: tough, straight talker, like McCain. But anyone who wants to talk about McCain's "temperment" will automatically talk about Biden's, and the one issue that has plagued Obama, his experience, or lack thereof, will continue to get plenty of airtime thanks to Biden's repeated (and stunning) previous attacks that Obama was not ready to be President. Not "I disagree with him on taxes or health care" but "you're not ready to lead this country." Ouch.

Posted by: Mike | August 29, 2008 12:29 AM | Report abuse

McCain should select an ex-POW as his vice president ...just in case not everyone's heard that John is, too.

Posted by: Gary P. | August 29, 2008 12:28 AM | Report abuse

From RumorsofWar:


All meaty Fatter McSame, holy war hero who spent much of his service as a POW who can't make strategic decisions, military maniac, pork barrel meesiah and king of the hundred years war, hear our prayer. In this time of all consuming hatred for the commies, jungle bunnies, pansies and prostitutes, we prey that you allow us to keep our feet on the necks of our most hated enemies-the just, the intelligent, the honest and the strong who we despise to the bottom of our black little hearts. Infuse out patriotic Pro-life rhetoric with venemous bile so that we may spit ever more potent lungers in the face of the ignorant unwashed masses and blind them to the truth in front of their eyes. Grant that our ever more vigilant quest for money and power procure more gullible victims willing to sacrifice themselves and their country for the sake of our need to own more houses, more cars, more illegal alien slaves and more pairs of five hundred dollar shoes. May we continue sucking the blood of the underpriviliged, robbing the weak and the helpless, intimidating the meek and mild,
destroying hope and shrinking the numbers of the middle class until they are no more. May we go on with our most thrilling heroics of aiding and abetting torture in prisons and other places where powergrubbing and other sexual pleasures are pursued for the sake of freedom. Let us war today. Let us war tomorrow. Let us war when there is peace and let us war when there is war. War is great. War is
good. Let us thank war for our food. Let us bomb the entire planet, free and unfree with our missiles of peace to create a kinder, gentler facist world order.

Let the rockets red glare ring out in every city of every country around the world. Let us hoist the flag in the air as we scream obscenities at every freeloading, unamerican radical and black SOB in the path of our steel toed made in China combat boots. Let us purge the iniquity from amongst us with the blood of the unfit and the unworthy.

ALL HAIL FATTER McSAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:28 AM | Report abuse

Campaign staffer: "John, we think you need to lay off the POW card"

Mccain: "You know, for five and a half years ...I couldn't play cards"

Posted by: Gary P. | August 29, 2008 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Just 2 points:
First, Obama brilliantly deflected McCain's reliance on his former POW status by saying that hundreds of thousands of Americans have sacrificed for this country, thus he is not unique or more deserving than they (by implication).

Second: As for experience, are we really supposed to believe that a man who has spent 26 years kowtowing to special interest groups (McCain) is more qualified to lead this country in a better direction?

Posted by: Tess | August 29, 2008 12:24 AM | Report abuse

Some people are so easy! Obama like Clinton is just another smooth talking Mack Daddy.

Clinton 8 years of skirt chasing ended in recession.

After Clinton's 9/11, 2 wars, the failure, Eron, gas/food prices, and housing woes (which it should be known that Fannie Mae is a Democratic scandal)there's still NO Bush recession. If Clinton or Obama had to deal with all the above with the Dems promise to raise taxes we would be in a full blown depression.

Posted by: GetReal | August 29, 2008 12:24 AM | Report abuse

Wow Republicans, what a sad bunch you must be. As someone else said on here, no one has said anything of any real substance so far to counter anything Obama said or to defend McCain. Just a bunch of name calling. Most everyone in this country is sick of the Republican administration. Obama and the Democratic party are just vocalizing on a national platform what everyone I know says at the "water cooler". Thank God someone is listening somewhere. We aren't a country run by the president you know. The president is run by us...what we say is what matters. That's why they call it democracy. He is a public servant just like every other government employee. As Obama said - "Change doesn't come from Washington. Change comes TO Washington.

Posted by: tired | August 29, 2008 12:24 AM | Report abuse

These are my reasons for not voting for Obama....As a proud Republican
Traditionally, the presidential election is a time to select a candidate, to vote for someone. The 2008 election will prove to be a different sort of election, however: one wherein a conservative’s focus might not necessarily be who to vote for, but who to vote against. Barack Obama is a dangerous political opponent for John McCain. This isn’t necessarily because he poses a strong threat as a candidate, but because his following’s loyalty borders on fanatic obsession. John McCain might not be your ideal Republican candidate, but he deserves your vote precisely for who he isn’t: Barack Obama. What follows are the five reasons I’m voting for John McCain and against Barack Obama.

Reason #1
If Barack Obama is defined by the company he keeps, he’s a racist, anti-American extremist. From Jeremiah Wright to William Ayers to Bernadine Dohrn, just enough of Obama’s skeletons have come out of the closet and endorsed him to cast a cloud of danger over his electability as the president of the United States. Indeed, much of Obama’s primary campaign has been fraught with various allies from Obama’s past and present dancing into the media spotlight. Then, after a fair amount of unsavory press, Obama apologizes for and separates himself from the same friends he aligned himself with mere months earlier. We need only consider Obama’s remarks about Reverend Jeremiah Wright as his mentor, then the exposure of Trinity United Church and Obama’s subsequent denouncement of Wright’s anti-American speech to recall the pattern. Known terrorists, both domestic and international, endorse Barack as their man. Young Palestinian men lobby on his behalf in earnest. They do this because Obama in office serves their own interests.

Reason #2
Obama’s patriotism is questionable. In an election, we naturally compare one candidate to another. One candidate doesn’t wear a flag pin. One candidate doesn’t hold his hand over his heart during the Pledge of Allegiance. One candidate has no military experience. One candidate’s idea of foreign policy is to negotiate with enemies who wish to obliterate our existence over a cup of coffee. The role of the president should be filled by someone who loves our country, who values our history, and who has proven that he is ready to die to serve our country. The role of the First Lady should similarly be filled by someone who honors and respects the country her husband serves. It doesn’t count when your patriotism begins just as your husband enters the presidential campaign. If Obama’s friends don’t derail his campaign, his own wife and life partner surely will.

Reason #3
Obama is a skilled orator, a trait that has earned him a devout following in a party largely comprised of atheists. When Barack Obama opens his mouth to speak, liberals’ ears seem to filter out the message and listen only to the words in a hypnotic trance. Their devotion to Obama mimics that of radical Christians to Jesus Christ. Criticize Obama to a liberal Obama supporter, and it’s as if you’ve questioned the existence of God, only the resulting argument is much angrier and holds far less intellectual merit. It’s more like telling an environmentalist that chaining himself to a tree won’t save the earth, or informing a war protester that no one in Washington cares what he or she thinks.

It isn’t Obama’s following that is of the most concern, however. A public speaker as smooth as Obama will inspire fans on his own talents. Let’s remember, however, that Barack Obama was a lawyer before he became a senator. And, like most lawyers, his words are best when rehearsed. However, Obama crumbles under pressure, and his improvised remarks typically fall flat or offend. We need only recall the fallout from the “bitter small-town Americans”, “typical white person” and “Can’t I just eat my waffle?” to recall Obama’s propensity to fumble the ball when he’s running an unscripted play with nary a playbook in sight. It’s one thing to offend foreign, enemy nations during wartime; offending majority populations of the country you represent is another, especially as you align for their vote in November. Judging from the multitude of politically incorrect missteps in his primary campaign, Obama seems to think that he doesn’t need votes from entire segments of the population; namely, the middle of the country. This blatantly blase attitude must cost him the election to teach Democrats that conservative minds will not be discounted.

Reason #4
Obama’s politics and ideals are too far skewed on the liberal end of the political scale to strike a balance with Americans as a whole. No matter the political affiliation of a sitting president, his job is to appease the majority of his constituents, the American public. Radical liberals clamor for our next president to be a polar opposite to George W. Bush; conservatives know that accomplishing this won’t automatically fix the ills that plague our country. The checks and balances within our legislature make any change a gradual one, over many years. Amid a tenuous situation in the Middle East, too liberal of a response by our next president casts the United States as lily-livered pansies, too afraid of hurting feelings to eradicate terrorism. Extreme left-wing Democrats either don’t realize this or don’t care, and Obama is their man. If he gets into office, small-town typical white Americans had better cling to their guns and religion, because Obama will muck up civilian rights to both.

Reason #5
Obama’s experience is lacking. This isn’t to say that a junior senator can’t be president one day. The presidency is fraught with unique challenges, however, ones that can’t be adequately prepared for in any branch of the government. In the business world, even the best candidates from upper management must pay their dues before aspiring to become CEO. The team captain must prove his or her leadership potential over several seasons to earn that ‘C’ on a uniform. In every other successful realm of the American culture, experience yields a top leadership position. Why should the presidency, the most historically esteemed and influential position in the country, be any different? Obama’s inexperience lands him into trouble with his improvised remarks and shaky responses to tough issue-based questions. His inexperience causes him to make crucial errors and oratory missteps under pressure. He is simply not ready. Democrats can clean up his image and repackage him in 2012.

In every endeavor, Barack Obama has flouted the intellect of the constituents whose vote he aims to obtain. He’s dazzled his starry-eyed followers with well-crafted speeches that render them vociferously loyal; in cult-like fashion, they zealously support Obama to all who will listen. Separate Obama from his gilded memorized passages, and his words clang jarringly and offend like a cat walking across piano keys at twilight. Pin him in a corner with tough questions on issues and his allies, and he strikes like a caged animal trapped in a corner. Obama’s speeches act like a mirror through which radical liberals see exactly what they want to see in their next president. It is up to the rest of us to peer through the looking-glass and see Obama for the inexperienced, unsavory presidential candidate he is.

I am a wealthy american that is self made. I came from the streets of New York to become one of the most sought after consultants in my industry, Mr. Obama has no idea on how to run this country, or have the connections(political or otherwise)

Pray for this country!

Posted by: Richard | August 29, 2008 12:23 AM | Report abuse

McCain's accomplishments: POW, dumped an ailing wife for a skinny rich one, and Keating Five. Yeah, what a record!

Posted by: Black and Bitter Like Coffee | August 29, 2008 12:21 AM | Report abuse

With respect to "Richard's" multi-point "rebuttal"-I note he relied entirely on a single source-that is fully and completely discredited. I just love republicans like him-they do so symbolize exactly why this country needs a change. Because truth means nothing to them.

The pity of it all is that he also epitomizes why I believe a civics test and an IQ test should be required of all americans before they are allowed to vote.

Posted by: David | August 29, 2008 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Great job Obama. The convention is over, time to get to work.

Since Cindy McCain is busy with Georgian casualties, it would be smart for you to send your wife to New Orleans right away to see how aid agencies are preparing and what they need, in order to help americans.

Posted by: Gary P. | August 29, 2008 12:19 AM | Report abuse

McCain's Quickly Growing List of Flip Flops:

National Security Policy

1. McCain thought Bush's warrantless wiretap program circumvented the law; now he believes the opposite.

2. McCain insisted that everyone, even "terrible killers," "the worst kind of scum of humanity," and detainees at Guantanamo Bay, "deserve to have some adjudication of their cases," even if that means "releasing some of them." McCain now believes the opposite.

3. He opposed indefinite detention of terrorist suspects. When the Supreme Court reached the same conclusion, he called it "one of the worst decisions in the history of this country."

4. In February, McCain reversed course on prohibiting waterboarding.

5. McCain favored closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay before he was against it.

6. When Barack Obama talked about going after terrorists in Pakistani mountains with Predators, McCain criticized him for it. He's since come to the opposite conclusion.

Foreign Policy

7. McCain was for kicking Russia out of the G8 before he was against it.

8. McCain supported moving "toward normalization of relations" with Cuba. Now he believes the opposite.

9. McCain believed the United States should engage in diplomacy with Hamas. Now he believes the opposite.

10. McCain believed the United States should engage in diplomacy with Syria. Now he believes the opposite.

11. McCain is both for and against a "rogue state rollback" as a focus of his foreign policy vision.

12. McCain used to champion the Law of the Sea convention, even volunteering to testify on the treaty's behalf before a Senate committee. Now he opposes it.

13. McCain was against divestment from South Africa before he was for it.

Military Policy

14. McCain recently claimed that he was the "greatest critic" of Rumsfeld's failed Iraq policy. In December 2003, McCain praised the same strategy as "a mission accomplished." In March 2004, he said, "I'm confident we're on the right course." In December 2005, he said, "Overall, I think a year from now, we will have made a fair amount of progress if we stay the course."

15. McCain has changed his mind about a long-term U.S. military presence in Iraq on multiple occasions, concluding, on multiple occasions, that a Korea-like presence is both a good idea and a bad idea.

16. McCain said before the war in Iraq, "We will win this conflict. We will win it easily." Four years later, McCain said he knew all along that the war in Iraq war was "probably going to be long and hard and tough."

17. McCain has repeatedly said it's a dangerous mistake to tell the "enemy" when U.S. troops would be out of Iraq. In May, McCain announced that most American troops would be home from Iraq by 2013.

18. McCain was against expanding the GI Bill before he was for it.

Domestic Policy

19. McCain defended "privatizing" Social Security. Now he says he's against privatization (though he actually still supports it.)

20. McCain wanted to change the Republican Party platform to protect abortion rights in cases of rape and incest. Now he doesn't.

21. McCain supported storing spent nuclear fuel at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Now he believes the opposite.

22. He argued that the NRA should not have a role in the Republican Party's policy making. Now he believes the opposite.

23. In 1998, he championed raising cigarette taxes to fund programs to cut underage smoking, insisting that it would prevent illnesses and provide resources for public health programs. Now, McCain opposes a $0.61-per-pack tax increase, won't commit to supporting a regulation bill he's co-sponsoring, and has hired Philip Morris' former lobbyist as his senior campaign adviser.

24. McCain is both for and against earmarks for Arizona.

25. McCain's first mortgage plan was premised on the notion that homeowners facing foreclosure shouldn't be "rewarded" for acting "irresponsibly." His second mortgage plan took largely the opposite position.

26. McCain went from saying gay marriage should be allowed, to saying gay marriage shouldn't be allowed.

27. McCain opposed a holiday to honor Martin Luther King Jr. before he supported it.

28. McCain was anti-ethanol. Now he's pro-ethanol.

29. McCain was both for and against state promotion of the Confederate flag.

30. In 2005, McCain endorsed intelligent design creationism, a year later he said the opposite, and a few months after that, he was both for and against creationism at the same time.

Economic Policy

31. McCain was against Bush's tax cuts for the very wealthy before he was for them.

32. John McCain initially argued that economics is not an area of expertise for him, saying, "I'm going to be honest: I know a lot less about economics than I do about military and foreign policy issues; I still need to be educated," and "The issue of economics is not something I've understood as well as I should." He now falsely denies ever having made these remarks and insists that he has a "very strong" understanding of economics.

33. McCain vowed, if elected, to balance the federal budget by the end of his first term. Soon after, he decided he would no longer even try to reach that goal. And soon after that, McCain abandoned his second position and went back to his first.

34. McCain said in 2005 that he opposed the tax cuts because they were "too tilted to the wealthy." By 2007, he denied ever having said this, and falsely argued that he opposed the cuts because of increased government spending.

35. McCain thought the estate tax was perfectly fair. Now he believes the opposite.

36. McCain pledged in February 2008 that he would not, under any circumstances, raise taxes. Specifically, McCain was asked if he is a "'read my lips' candidate, no new taxes, no matter what?" referring to George H.W. Bush's 1988 pledge. "No new taxes," McCain responded. Two weeks later, McCain said, "I'm not making a 'read my lips' statement, in that I will not raise taxes."

37. McCain has changed his entire economic worldview on multiple occasions.

38. McCain believes Americans are both better and worse off economically than they were before Bush took office.

Energy Policy

39. McCain supported the moratorium on coastal drilling; now he's against it.

40. McCain recently announced his strong opposition to a windfall tax on oil company profits. Three weeks earlier, he was perfectly comfortable with the idea.

41. McCain endorsed a cap-and-trade policy with a mandatory emissions cap. In mid-June, McCain announced he wants the caps to be voluntary.

42. McCain explained his belief that a temporary suspension of the federal gas tax would provide an immediate economic stimulus. Shortly thereafter, he argued the exact opposite.

43. McCain supported the Lieberman/Warner legislation to combat global warming. Now he doesn't.

Immigration Policy

44. McCain was a co-sponsor of the DREAM Act, which would grant legal status to illegal immigrants' kids who graduate from high school. Now he's against it.

45. On immigration policy in general, McCain announced in February 2008 that he would vote against his own bill.

46. In April, McCain promised voters that he would secure the borders "before proceeding to other reform measures." Two months later, he abandoned his public pledge, pretended that he'd never made the promise in the first place, and vowed that a comprehensive immigration reform policy has always been, and would always be, his "top priority."

Judicial Policy and the Rule of Law

47. McCain said he would "not impose a litmus test on any nominee." He used to promise the opposite.

48. McCain believes the telecoms should be forced to explain their role in the administration's warrantless surveillance program as a condition for retroactive immunity. He used to believe the opposite.

49. McCain went from saying he would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade to saying the exact opposite.

Campaign, Ethics, and Lobbying Reform

50. McCain supported his own lobbying-reform legislation from 1997. Now he doesn't.

51. In 2006, McCain sponsored legislation to require grassroots lobbying coalitions to reveal their financial donors. In 2007, after receiving "feedback" on the proposal, McCain told far-right activist groups that he opposes his own measure.

52. McCain supported a campaign-finance bill, which bore his name, on strengthening the public-financing system. In June 2007, he abandoned his own legislation.

Politics and Associations

53. McCain wanted political support from radical televangelist John Hagee. Now he doesn't.

54. McCain wanted political support from radical televangelist Rod Parsley. Now he doesn't.

55. McCain says he considered and did not consider joining John Kerry's Democratic ticket in 2004.

56. McCain is both for and against attacking Barack Obama over his former pastor at his former church.

57. McCain criticized TV preacher Jerry Falwell as "an agent of intolerance" in 2002, but then decided to cozy up to the man who said Americans "deserved" the 9/11 attacks.

58. In 2000, McCain accused Texas businessmen Sam and Charles Wyly of being corrupt, spending "dirty money" to help finance Bush's presidential campaign. McCain not only filed a complaint against the Wylys for allegedly violating campaign finance law, he also lashed out at them publicly. In April, McCain reached out to the Wylys for support.

59. McCain was against presidential candidates campaigning at Bob Jones University before he was for it.

60. McCain decided in 2000 that he didn't want anything to do with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, believing he "would taint the image of the 'Straight Talk Express.'" Kissinger is now the honorary co-chair for his presidential campaign in New York.

61. McCain believed powerful right-wing activist/lobbyist Grover Norquist was "corrupt, a shill for dictators, and (with just a dose of sarcasm) Jack Abramoff's gay lover." McCain now considers Norquist a key political ally.

62. McCain actively talked about bringing back the jobs in America then he told us that the jobs in Detroit are NEVER coming back?

63. McCain said before the war in Iraq, “We will win this conflict. We will win it easily.” Four years later, McCain said he knew all along that the war in Iraq war was “probably going to be long and hard and tough.”

64. McCain said he was the “greatest critic” of Rumsfeld’s failed Iraq policy. In December 2003, McCain praised the same strategy as “a mission accomplished.” In March 2004, he said, “I’m confident we’re on the right course.” In December 2005, he said, “Overall, I think a year from now, we will have made a fair amount of progress if we stay the course.”

65. McCain went from saying he would not support repeal of Roe v. Wade to saying the exact opposite.

66. McCain went from saying gay marriage should be allowed, to saying gay marriage shouldn’t be allowed.

67. McCain criticized TV preacher Jerry Falwell as “an agent of intolerance” in 2002, but then decided to cozy up to the man who said Americans “deserved” the 9/11 attacks.

68. McCain used to oppose Bush’s tax cuts for the very wealthy, but he reversed course in February.

69. On a related note, he said 2005 that he opposed the tax cuts because they were “too tilted to the wealthy.” By 2007, he denied ever having said this, and insisted he opposed the cuts because of increased government spending.

70. In 2000, McCain accused Texas businessmen Sam and Charles Wyly of being corrupt, spending “dirty money” to help finance Bush’s presidential campaign. McCain not only filed a complaint against the Wylys for allegedly violating campaign finance law, he also lashed out at them publicly. In April, McCain reached out to the Wylys for support.

71. McCain supported a major campaign-finance reform measure that bore his name. In June 2007, he abandoned his own legislation.

72. McCain opposed a holiday to honor Martin Luther King, Jr., before he supported it.

73. McCain was against presidential candidates campaigning at Bob Jones University before he was for it.

74. McCain was anti-ethanol. Now he’s pro-ethanol.

75. McCain was both for and against state promotion of the Confederate flag.

76. McCain decided in 2000 that he didn’t want anything to do with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, believing he “would taint the image of the ‘Straight Talk Express.’” Kissinger is now the Honorary Co-Chair for his presidential campaign in New York.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:18 AM | Report abuse

All I see are 76 lies by you Richard. You have so much hate its going to choke you soon.

Posted by: Michael | August 29, 2008 12:18 AM | Report abuse

"Uh oh, Obama criticized the courageous men and women who are trying to track down Osama bin Laden and take him out. "

No, he criticized the morons who won't let them. Nothing to apologize for there.

Tora Bora.

Posted by: drossless | August 29, 2008 12:16 AM | Report abuse

"Richard" sure has a fertile imagination. And a big mouth. Maybe he should audition to replace Lush Rumcake when he falls off the Oxycontin wagon next time!

Posted by: tom | August 29, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

So the GOP will go after Obama's set design? Yeah, that's a substantive issue when more than 4000 Americans have died in a war in Iraq that lacked solid justification and did not rout the terrorists that hit us on 9/11. That's a substantive issue when the economy is in bad shape. That's a substantive issue when our friends around the world are repelled by our use of enhanced interrogation techniques carried out against detainees, some of whom are confined indefinitely without charges or any real evidence against them. Yeah, the Greek temple, that's a big issue. Same sort of stupid issue that got George Allen elected over Jim Webb. I can't wait for January 20.

Posted by: Karl in MD | August 29, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

McCain's seven-point rebuttal:

1. POW
2. POW
3. POW
4. POW
5. POW
6. POW
7. POW

Posted by: tom | August 29, 2008 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Obama presented a good speech for 95% of the US. It's really only the top 5% earners and the rich that will not like Obama and his economic approach.

Then, of course, there are those that like to hear McCain play the POW card - which he does in just about every paragraph in his speeches.

Shoot-from-the-hip McCain answering the phone call at 3 AM. He'll be yelling "Go to Level One, or is it Level Red - I get confused but I'll take care of things as soon as I can find my teeth."

Posted by: Ken | August 29, 2008 12:12 AM | Report abuse

Amazing how the chickenhawk Republicans are considering cancelling their booze party because of a hurricane (you'd need to be loaded to listen to McBush talk about "more of the same").

If McCain and the Republicans are running and hiding from a hurricane; imagine what they would be like in the event of another terrorist attack.

McCain = Bush

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:11 AM | Report abuse

1.) Selma Got Me Born - LIAR, your parents felt safe enough to have you in 1961 - Selma had no effect on your birth, as Selma was in 1965.
Source: hotair. com

2.) Father Was A Goat Herder - LIAR, he was a privileged, well educated youth, who went on to work with the Kenyan Government.

) Father Was A Proud Freedom Fighter - LIAR, he was part of one of the most corrupt and violent governments Kenya has ever had Source:http://atlasshrugs2000…

4.) My Family Has Strong Ties To African Freedom - LIAR, your cousin Raila Odinga has created mass violence in attempting to overturn a legitimate election in 2007, in Kenya. It is the first widespread violence in decades.

5.) My Grandmother Has Always Been A Christian - LIAR, she does her daily Salat prayers at 5am according to her own interviews. Not to mention, Christianity wouldn’t allow her to have been one of 14 wives to 1 man. Source: According to NYTimes story of April of last year, Sarah Hussein Obama told the New York Times she is a devout Muslim.

6.) My Name is African Swahili - LIAR, your name is Arabic and ‘Baraka’ (from which Barack came) means ‘blessed’ in that language. Hussein is also Arabic and so is Obama.

7.) I Never Practiced Islam - LIAR, you practiced it daily at school, where you were registered as a Muslim and kept that faith for 31 years,until your wife made you change, so you could run for office.

8.) My School In Indonesia Was Christian - LIAR, you were registered as Muslim there and got in trouble in Koranic Studies for making faces (check your own book).

9.) I Was Fluent In Indonesian - LIAR, not one teacher says you could speak the language.

10.) Because I Lived In Indonesia, I Have More Foreign Experience - LIAR, you were there from the ages of 6 to 10, and couldn’t even speak the language. What did you learn, how to study the Koran and watch cartoons.

11.) I Am Stronger On Foreign Affairs - LIAR, except for Africa (surprise) and the Middle East (bigger surprise), you have never been anywhere else on the planet and thus have NO experience with our closest allies.

12.) I Blame My Early Drug Use On Ethnic Confusion - LIAR, you were quite content in high school to be Barry Obama, no mention of Kenya and no mention of struggle to identify - your classmates said you were just fine.

13.)An Ebony Article Moved Me To Run For Office - LIAR, Ebony has yet to find the article you mention in your book. It doesn’t, and never did, exist.

14.) A Life Magazine Article Changed My Outlook On Life - LIAR, Life has yet to find the article you mention in your book. It doesn’t, and never did, exist.

15.) I Won’t Run On A National Ticket In ‘08 - LIAR, here you are, despite saying, live on TV, that you would not have enough experience by then, and you are all about having experience first.

16.) Present Votes Are Common In Illinois - LIAR, they are common for YOU, but not many others have 130 NO VOTES.

17.) Oops, I Misvoted - LIAR, only when caught by church groups and democrats, did you beg to change your misvote.

18.) I Was A Professor Of Law - LIAR, you were a senior lecturer ON LEAVE.

19.) I Was A Constitutional Lawyer - LIAR, you were a senior lecturer ON LEAVE.

20.) Without Me, There Would Be No Ethics Bill - LIAR, you didn’t write it,introduce it, change it, or create it.

21.) The Ethics Bill Was Hard To Pass - LIAR, it took just 14 days from start to finish.

22.) I Wrote A Tough Nuclear Bill - LIAR, your bill was rejected by your own party for its pandering and lack of all regulation - mainly because of your Nuclear Donor, Exelon, from which David Axelrod came.

23.) I Have Released My State Records - LIAR, as of March, 2008, state bills you sponsored or voted for have yet to be released, exposing all the special interests pork hidden within.

24.) I Took On The Asbestos Altgeld Gardens Mess - LIAR, you were part of a large group of people who remedied Altgeld Gardens. You failed to mention anyone else but yourself, in your books.

25.) My Economics Bill Will Help America - LIAR, your 111 economic policies were just combined into a proposal which lost 99-0, and even YOU voted against your own bill.

26.) I Have Been A Bold Leader In Illinois - LIAR, even your own supporters claim to have not seen BOLD action on your part.

27.) I Passed 26 Of My Own Bills In One Year - LIAR, they were not YOUR bills, but rather handed to you, after their creation by a fellow Senator, to assist you in a future bid for higher office.

28.) No One Contacted Canada About NAFTA - LIAR, the Candian Government issued the names and a memo of the conversation your campaign had with them.

29.) I Am Tough On Terrorism - LIAR, you missed the Iran Resolution vote on terrorism and your good friend Ali Abunimah supports the destruction of Israel.

30.) I Am Not Acting As President Yet - LIAR, after the NAFTA Memo, a dead terrorist in the FARC, in Colombia, was found with a letter stating how you and he were working together on getting FARC recognized officially.

31.) I Didn’t Run Ads In Florida - LIAR, you allowed national ads to run 8-12 times per day for two weeks - and you still lost.

32.) I Won Michigan - LIAR, no you didn’t.

33.) I won Nevada - LIAR, no you did not.

34.) I Want All Votes To Count - LIAR, you said let the delegates decide.

35.) I Want Americans To Decide - LIAR, you prefer caucuses that limit the vote, confuse the voters, force a public vote, and only operate during small windows of time.

36.) I passed 900 Bills in the State Senate - LIAR, you passed 26, most of which you didn’t write yourself.

37.) My Campaign Was Extorted By A Friend - LIAR, that friend is threatening to sue if you do not stop saying this. Obama has stopped saying this.

38.) I Believe In Fairness, Not Tactics - LIAR, you used tactics to eliminate Alice Palmer from running against you.

39.) I Don’t Take PAC Money - LIAR, you take loads of it.

40.) I don’t Have Lobbysists - LIAR, you have over 47 lobbyists, and counting.

41.) My Campaign Had Nothing To Do With The 1984 Ad - LIAR, your own campaign worker made the ad on his Apple in one afternoon.

42.) My Campaign Never Took Over MySpace - LIAR, Tom, who started MySpace issued a warning about this advertising to MySpace clients.

43.) I Inspire People With My Words - LIAR, you inspire people with other people’s words.

44.) I Have Passed Bills In The U.S. Senate - LIAR, you have passed A BILL in the U.S. Senate - for Africa, which shows YOUR priorities.

45.) I Have Always Been Against Iraq - LIAR, you weren’t in office to vote against it AND you have voted to fund it every single time, unlike Kucinich, who seems to be out gutting you Obama. You also seem to be stepping back from your departure date - AGAIN.

46.) I Have Always Supported Universal Health Care - LIAR, your plan leaves us all to pay the 15,000,000 who don’t have to buy it.

47.) I Only Found Out About My Investment Conflicts Via Mail - LIAR, both companies you site as having sent you letters about this conflict have no record of any such letter ever being created or sent.

48.) I Am As Patriotic As Anyone - LIAR, you won’t wear a flag pin and you don’t put your hand over your heart during the Anthem.

49.) My Wife Didn’t Mean What She Said About Pride In Country - LIAR, your wife’s words follow lock-step in the vein of Wright and Farrahkan, in relation to their contempt and hatred of America.

50.) Wal-Mart Is A Company I Wouldn’t Support - LIAR, your wife has received nearly a quater of a million dollars through Treehouse, which is connected to Wal-Mart.

51.) Treehouse Is A Small Company - LIAR, the CEO of Treehouse last year, made more than the CEO of Wal-Mart, according to public records.

52.) University Of Chicago Hospital Pay Is Fair - LIAR, your wife’s pay raise was nearly 150% her already bloated rate and the hospital is a Non-Profit Hospital, which made $100,000,000 in the last 3 years.
They overcharge blacks VS whites for services, and overcharge everyone in general by 538%!

53.)I Barely Know Rezko - Only 5 Billed Hours - LIAR, you have known him for 17 years, and decided to do a real estate deal with him during a time when he was proven to be under investigation. Despite this, you divided your property and had them take off $300K before the mortgage problems started. Then Rezko’s wife buys the lot beside it that you can’t afford, saving you $625,000.

54.) My Donations Have Been Checked Thoroughly - LIAR, you only gave back Hsu ($72K) and Rezko (first $66K, then when caught lying $86K, then when caught lying again $150K and now caught lying YET AGAIN OBAMA, it’s $250k) their money when publically called on their involvement in your campaigns.

55.) My Church Is Like Any Other Christian Church - LIAR, your church is so extreme, the pastor who married you, Rev. Wright, just got done blaming the US for 9/11 and named Louis Farrahkan their person of the year.

56.) I Disagree With My Church All The Time - LIAR, you still have yet to repudiate Wright, who married you and your wife, and you still donate large sums of money to assist the church in furthering its message - hatred and revenge. You donated in 2006 alone, $22,500 to the church that you so terribly disagree with. That is nearly $500 PER WEEK - that sure is disagreement, Senator Obama.

57.) I Have Clean Connections Despite Rezko - LIAR, you are not only connected to Exelon and Rezko, you are also connected to Hillary PAC supporter Mr. Hsu, AND an Iraqi Billionaire of ill repute, Nadhmi Auchi, who ripped off people in the Food For Oil, Iraqi deal. Seems Mr. Auchi may have helped Obama buy his million dollar property long before Obama had millions of dollars. Wonder what favors Mr. Auchi expects, when Obama leaves Iraq free to be taken over by special interests such as him.

58.) I never heard sermons like Rev. Wright’s, that have been in videos all day, You Tube - LIAR! 3 days later during your Mea Culpa BS speech you said “Did I hear controversial statements while I sat in that church? Yes I did.

59.) The Passport Invasion is a conspiracy to find dirt on me! - LIAR. Your own Campaign Foreign Policy Advisor is the CEO of the company that looked into your records.
PS - You had them look into yours to hide the fact you looked into Clinton’s and McCain’s more than a year before!

60.) Rev. Meeks has nothing to do with my campaigning - LIAR. Rev. Meeks appeared in ads for your Senate Campaign, donated to you, and helped raise money, then AND NOW. PS - He also seems to despise America.

61.) My wife didn’t mean America is ignorant, she was just using a phrase - LIAR. Again, Michelle’s comments perfectly sync with Wright’s, Meeks’, and Farrakhan’s, both in language, anger, and direction.

62.) I am very Anti-Terror - LIAR. [03/30/2008] One of your good pals is long time radical and terrorist William Ayers, with whom you have been seen in the last 12 months and who has helped the now jailed khalidi, Professor at Columbia who invited Ahmadinejad to the University, to raise money for Palestinian terrorism attacks against Israel. PS - Your church published a pro Hamas Manifesto - guess you weren’t there on THAT Sunday either? How lucky for you.

63.) I have the best plan to cure the Mortgage Crisis - LIAR. [03/30/2008] You and your campaign buddy Penny SubPrime Bank Collapse Prizker have had your little fingers full of subprime cash - Obama has taken $1,180,103 from the top issuers of subprime loans: Obama received $266,907 from Lehman, $5395 from GMAC, $150,850 from Credit Suisse First Boston, $11,250 from Countrywide, $9052 from Washington Mutual, $161,850 from Citigroup, $4600 from CBASS, $170,050 from Morgan Stanley, $1150 from Centex, and last but certainly NOT LEAST - Obama received $351,900 from Goldman Sachs.
I am sure that cash all came from folks who knew the subprime loan they had was a dream, eh?

64) I played greater role in crafting liberal stands on gun control, the death penalty and abortion - LIAR - [03/31/2008] It was found that Obama — the day after sitting for the interview — filed an amended version of the questionnaire, which appears to contain Obama’s own handwritten notes added to one answer.
Read Obama had greater role on liberal survey

65) I did NOT play the race card: - LIAR - [03/31/2008] Obama was the first to play the race card. According to Philadelphia Inquirer, Quietly, the storm over the hateful views expressed by Sen. Barack Obama’s pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, has blown away the most insidious myth of the Democratic primary campaign. Obama and his surrogates have charged that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has deliberately and cleverly played the race card in order to label Obama the “black” candidate.

66) I did not take money from oil companies: - LIAR - [03/31/2008]

THE FACTS: True enough, Obama does not take money from oil companies. No candidate does. It is illegal for corporations to give money to politicians. Corporations, however, do have political action committees that collect voluntary donations from employees and then donate them to candidates. Obama doesn’t take money from PACs. He also doesn’t take money from lobbyists.

But he does accept money from executives and other employees of oil companies and two of his fundraisers are oil company executives. As of Feb. 29, Obama’s presidential campaign had received nearly $214,000 from oil and gas industry employees and their families, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. Clinton had received nearly $307,000 from industry workers and their families and Republican Sen. John McCain, the likely GOP presidential nominee, received nearly $394,000, according to the center’s totals.

Two of Obama’s fundraisers are Robert Cavnar, the chairman and chief executive of Houston-based Mission Resources Corp., and George Kaiser, the president and CEO of Tulsa-based Kaiser-Francis Oil Co.
Source: Associated press via Yahoo News

67) “I don’t think my church is actually particularly controversial,” Obama said at a community meeting in Nelsonville, Ohio, earlier this month. - LIAR - But yesterday, he told a different story. “Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes,” he said in his speech yesterday in Philadelphia.

68) Look at my education record in Illinois - LIAR - In reality, Obama never really championed the local councils. He supported them behind the scenes and only eventually came out publicly on their behalf. When he did weigh in, he came down on the wrong side of the debate—against protecting principals from unwarranted dismissals and in favor of keeping councils independent, no matter what. In the end, the resolution of the conflict between the two sides didn’t alleviate anyone’s concerns. Instead, it prolonged a turf battle that seems to have dragged down academic progress in the years since.
Read more here http://www. slate. com/id/21880…

69) “I stopped smoking. I stopped smoking. I haven’t had a cigarette since I quit - LIAR - But in his own words, here is what Obama said. Except….last night on MSNBC’s Hardball, Obama admitted that his attempt to wean himself from the vile tobacco weed had not been entirely successful. I fell off the wagon a couple times during the course of it, and then was able to get back on,” he said. “But it is a struggle like everything else.

70) I did not campaign in Florida, (so Florida vote shouldn’t count) - LIAR -According to Boston Globe, Herald Tribune and other sites, Obama airs “ads” on Cable stations in Florida. Even with the Florida cable ads, Obama still lost.
From herald tribune. com Obama’s Florida ads bust pledge

71) Obama distort (aka “Lie”) about McCain saying, “McCain (he) is willing to send our troops too another war of 100 years in Iraq”. Obama also denied what he said on the video - LIAR - The video proves him absolutely untruthful (”a liar”).

72) Obama on Guns - when Obama ran for the Illinois state senate the political group, Independent Voters of Illinois (IVI), asked him if he supported a “ban [on] the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns” and he responded “yes.” - LIAR- But in what will probably be the most improbable change, the Politico reported on Saturday that Barack Obama was making a big play for gun votes in Pennsylvania. In 1998, another questionnaire administered by IL State Legislative National Political Awareness Test didn’t ask about banning all handguns, but it did find that Obama wanted to “ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.

73) Here is what Obama now said he meant about comment he made about Small town PA - “So I said, ‘Well, you know, when you’re bitter you turn to what you can count on,’ ” he continued. “So people they vote about guns, or they take comfort from their faith and their family and their community. And they get mad about illegal immigrants who are coming over to this country or they get frustrated about, you know, how things are changing. That’s a natural response.” - LIAR - See what Obama really meant in red. It does not take high school student to understand what Obama meant - “You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them…And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

74) “I did not recall meeting Nadhmi Auchi at any time or on any occasion” - LIAR - But a government witness said on Monday, during Antoin Rezko’s corruption trial, that he recalled seeing Sen. Barack Obama at a party that Rezko held in 2004 to honor Nadhmi Auchi, an Iraqi-born tycoon. Two other guests at the party declared the Obamas were present at the event, which took place one week before Obama won his U.S. Senate seat.

75) “I did not take money from oil companies” -LIAR- It is against the law to take money from oil companies. None of your opponents take money from oil companies either.

76) “I am the only candidate who isn’t taking a dime from Washington lobbyist” - LIAR- The record shows quite the opposite. According to USA Today, Obama’s campaign fundraising team includes 38 members of law firms that were paid $138 million last year to lobby the federal government, records show. Those lawyers, including 10 former federal lobbyists, have pledged to raise at least $3.5 million for the Illinois senator’s presidential race. Employees of their firms have given Obama’s campaign $2.26 million, a USA TODAY analysis of campaign finance data shows

Posted by: Richard | August 29, 2008 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Real Brother here.

As I said, again the Racists, White Supremacists and Black man hating lesbians have egg all over their faces. Barack Obama knocked that one so far out of the park it still hasn't come down.The Republicans will now retreat back to their Aryan Compound licking their wounds swearing up and down they aren't hurt(as they wobble and teeter and spit blood) when they would do so much better to cut their losses and simply join Obama and the Democratic Party like so many Colin Powells and other Republicans have(the dude in Alaska). Suggesting that he doesn't have enogh experience(being White) is no longer gonna fly. People are always going to take Obama's words over what the Racists and White Supremacists and Black man hating lesbians are saying about him.
No, we don't want to get too cocky,because Obama's speech will really galvanize the Racists and hard core White Supremacists but it looks like the Country is starting to get to know the real Obama and that means that McCain is through.

Posted by: Realbrother | August 29, 2008 12:11 AM | Report abuse

What were the lies?

Posted by: cgpunker

When Barry was moving his lips, he was lying.

Posted by: Jack Straw | August 29, 2008 12:11 AM | Report abuse

I have yet to see a good defense of why anyone would vote McCain, its obvious he has no real support. Fear and ignorance are the only things keeping him going so far.

Keep clinging to your losers Republicans!

Posted by: Michael | August 29, 2008 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Obama endorses Kilpatric with what appears to be a rapper earring in his ear:

Kilpatric's newly found mistress lies straight-faced to a court of law about her and Kilpatric's use of publicly funded technology(txt msgs):

Kilpatric - Obama's pride, gets booed for not stepping down:

Kilpatric gets the same treatment as any other person that breaks the law like he did:

The price... Obama's endorsee, Kilpatrick uses millions of dollars to cover up:

These are the types of friends that Mr. Barack Obama keeps(the list is long).

So much for a phony speech.

Vote for someone who has proven their worth to America. Vote for someone who stands for what we believe in, our future, and has served as both a member of our military and as a public servant for decades.

Don't be fooled by teleprompted rhetoric!!

Vote McCain '08!!

Posted by: Marck | August 29, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

I think McCain's response was a little weak. And why do they keep wanting to insinuate that Obama has a messiah complex? "When the temple comes down.."
Who is he trying to scare with that?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 29, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

So what were the rebuttals issued by the
McCain campaign? Why mention them in the
article if you are not going to print the
whole statement?

Posted by: Bahmin | August 29, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

McCain's ad tonite was kind and congratulatory. His team pointed out that despite all the Dem convention hype Obama is still inexperienced and has a slim record. And still over two months to go.

Posted by: Nickyle | August 29, 2008 12:05 AM | Report abuse

"McCain has consistently voted against better fuel efficiency standards"

And who is THE biggest enemy of those standards? The Democratic Union base because they know it hurts the auto industry (nevermind that they dont work). Wake up - the reality is that virtually no one was pro green energy until gas hit $3.50 a gallon last summer.

Posted by: Carl Levin | August 29, 2008 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Uh oh, Obama criticized the courageous men and women who are trying to track down Osama bin Laden and take him out.

He's going to have to apologize for that cheap remark, for sure.

Posted by: goolyboog | August 29, 2008 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Nice to see the Republicans remind us of why we're sick of them. McCain has consistently voted against better fuel efficiency standards and against funding for clean energy, and his campaign turns around and criticizes Obama for being cautious about off-shore drilling. "Smallness" is a perfect word to describe McCain's vision for America.

Posted by: davestickler | August 29, 2008 12:01 AM | Report abuse

f u c k you Democrat idiots

Posted by: sQUIG | August 29, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

An excellent opening argument, an excellent example of political rope-a-dope: Take McCain's best shot for nigh on six weeks, and then unload using base language in front of millions of viewers.

This was an American speech. Not a liberal speech. If you don't like it, you don't have to like it. It's the American way.

Posted by: Worthy Evans | August 28, 2008 11:57 PM | Report abuse

"What were the lies? Do you live in an America where everyone is happy, wealthy, insured and educated?"

Yeah, pretty much. You should come to suburban DC. Nearly all of the people I know here fall into those categories. People who aren't doing well? Well, those who have a high school diploma, those who dont speak English and criminals. Pretty much everyone else is doing alright.

Why should I vote for a politician who will raise my taxes just because some people cant get it together?

Posted by: bobby | August 28, 2008 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Nice try, Tucker. The taxes on 42K a year thing has been disproved, the 'voted against troop funding' thing is a twist of the truth, and that response was just plain lame.

I can't wait to see the candidates on the same stage- Obama's gonna mop the floor with him.

Posted by: Jasper | August 28, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

I dont have any problem with McCain's rebuttal.

Its not personal, and its pointing out the truth: Obama has no real experience, has no record of bipartisanship , was dead wreong on the surge in Iraq and will raise taxes.

The Democratic base just loves the guy because he was against the war from the start! Well, of course he was. He was running in a solid blue state against a kinky sex addict and Alan Keyes! Easiest political decision of his life. Now that he's under fire -- he'll bring the troops home now -- or, not really, as he keeps backing off of that and will listen to the "Generals" (who ask for more!).

Posted by: john | August 28, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Ted Hayes calls Obama the greatest Bamboozlement of this country in history"

Posted by: Bobbi | August 28, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

McCain has 40 years of bridge building and experience. Obama has a speach. You choose!

Posted by: Ray Roberts | August 28, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

philly -
What were the lies? Do you live in an America where everyone is happy, wealthy, insured and educated? Do you live in an America where the government hasn't been lying to it's citizens about something as important as war for the last 6 years?

Tell me where you live. I'd like to move there.

Posted by: cgpunker | August 28, 2008 11:42 PM | Report abuse

Wow, that was a real flop. There was way too much hype, and Barack was flat.

Posted by: Stevereeve | August 28, 2008 11:42 PM | Report abuse

For the first time in political history, the Republicans brought their smear machine to Denver to try to distract from the Democratic convention -- no comity, respect or honor here. But it's hilarious that this is the best they can do ... they're like the mule that just got the 2'x4' smacked between their eyes. They thought they were controlling the direction of this campaign and JUST GOT IT! This isn't John Kerry ... no Michael Dukakis, not even an Al Gore. Let's see Grampa McCain grip the podium and stare at the 12 foot teleprompter next week and try to dispel the images created tonite! YES WE CAN ... and yes she did ... check out this hilarious parody if you want a laugh beyond some of these comments ..

Posted by: Did I mention I'm a POW??? | August 28, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Obama's speech was a pack of lies.

Posted by: philly | August 28, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

What a typically empty, weak, narcistic grifter nominated once again by the antiamerican, anticapitalist, neosocialist sheep. Even a wooden, old political hack like McCain will make light work of Mr. B.O.

Posted by: Falconflight | August 28, 2008 11:39 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans aren't going to be so restrained next week. They're not going to acknowledge anything good about Obama. They'll be churlish, mean and contemptuous. They'll go after him personally, his family, his daughters, everything. It is the only thing they can do. And every time they do it, it will lose them votes. Because this is not 1988, 2000 or 2004.

Posted by: Chuckles | August 28, 2008 11:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm in agreement with EZ - exactly the McSame from Mr. McNasty. He seems to be of the mindset that "if it ain't broke, don't fix it", namely, this country and the past 8 years. I hate to burst your bubble, Mr. McCain, but this country of tired of the old school politicians such as yourself. We want someone fresh, someone sincere and someone that hasn't been corrupted by decades of the Old Boys' Club up in Washington...

Posted by: Military Spouse | August 28, 2008 11:38 PM | Report abuse

No matter what they say, this is the guy they have as their candidate. A coward who records as we speak are being obtained from the Vietnamese government along with the propaganda tapes Mccain made for the enemy. This has been a long time coming.


Ted Sampley, a Vietnam Veteran and former Green Beret, issued a CHALLENGE to John McCain "If you can show us that the information presented in our mailer is untruthful . . . we will Stand Down" This CHALLENGE was issued during an interview with INSIDE EDITION on January 17, 2008.
John, family members of Vietnam POW/MIA(s) have been waiting for more then 14 years for you to have the courage to face them eye to eye in front of the American Public - Here is your opportunity for some "STRAIGHT TALK." Stop hiding behind your fabricated "War Hero" persona. You know we can prove your collaborations with declassified government documents . . . It is time for the American people to get to know the REAL John McCain - the John McCain that the POW/MIA families witnessed during the 1991-93 US Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs .
Bring It On John! HERE IS OUR NUMBER 252-527-0442
*********** ************* ************** *********** ***********
Activists accused McCain of stonewalling the release of POW records because they contained evidence he had collaborated with the North Vietnamese.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 28, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Countering LIES is not "negative".

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

McSame, except he forgot to mention that McCain was a POW. Did you know that? McCain was a POW. And Obama's black. Black! I mean, who are you going to vote for America, a POW or a Black guy?

Que the McSame old Republican attack machine.

Posted by: ez | August 28, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

See, they'll attack and Barack will respond reasonably.

So much nicer than the Noun Verb POW we get from McCain every time his record is questioned. Speaking of false speech claims, I need John McCain to explain why he feels comfortable using his service record as a defense for everything while he's actively voted AGAINST the military and servicemen his entire career.

Posted by: cgpunker | August 28, 2008 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Great job!

Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2008 11:26 PM | Report abuse

This is where the Republican attacks and negativity start to make them look small.

Posted by: TW | August 28, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

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